Monday, April 21, 2008
I'm 15 Today!
Yes, I am fifteen today... well, not today, but back in March.
No, not my age but the number of years I have been with the company.
Yes, it has been that long... and unlike a teenager, I feel so old. Sigh.
Today, my Boss came over to my desk to hand me a Long Service Award envelope. Fortunately a white one, not pink. Commendation and not condemnation... termination.
"Wow! 15 years. Congratulations." He said.
"Wow! A big envelope." I said to myself. "Thank you." I replied.
As he left the office, my friends crowded around me... congratulations from everyone.
It was indeed a big envelope... half the size of an A4 size paper. On it was printed with my name in big bold letters and "15 Year Award" in parenthesis.
Inside was a letter of congratulatory from our CEO and an invite for a dinner award this May 2008 at a 5-star hotel. Cool.
What is even more "cool" is the gold pendant that I will be receiving. 15 gram of 916 gold is quite a lot of money... taking the price of 916 gold is about S$30.00 today.
Then again, I had two other prior occasions where I received gold pendants too. 5 and 10 grams reflecting 5 and 10 years of service with the company respectively. All given to Wifey, and this one too since Muslim men are not permitted to wear gold jewelery.
I would not want to look like an R&B dude either.
I have seen and work... dealt with a lot of people. Most left for "greener pastures." A few actually passed-on prematurely, unfortunately. Great friends who I still keep in contact with, some nemesis I wish and am trying to forget, but in retrospect it always seems not-so-bad, sweet at times.
Never thought I would last this long. Seeing the ups and downs, the hay days and the trying periods like a roller coaster ride, but alas 15 years to celebrate. Phew!
So here's to 15 more?!
Err.... I do not know if I want to last that long here. Only time will tell. I would not want to be a deadwood.
In the meantime, do my best since I am paid to do so and enjoy my weekends and vacations with my family, the best I know how.